When I lived in Perth, I used to work at a clothing store in the city on William St. Some days I would catch the bus, some days I would ride my bike and some days I would walk from our awesome apartment in Mt Lawley. I spent a lot of time wandering the shops in Mt Lawley and Northbridge, getting to know my neighbourhood.
One on of the many wanderings I visited the Beleza Vintage store in Northbridge and got chatting with Claire. I’m not sure if it was the first time I visited or the second, but I discovered she had these stunning flocked velvet shawls in a range of colour and lengths. I wanted every single one, and ended up being unable to leave without two of them.
At the time, I was on a retail wage, so I had to love the shawls enough to want to buy both. I don’t wear them as often as they deserve, but some days I just go to the wardrobe and run my hands over them admiring how gorgeous they are. Some days I wear them around the house, feeling like a glamorous spinster.
This is the first time I have styled one of them for a blog outfit, and while it doesn’t quite match the swimsuit in these pictures in colour, it definitely does in spirit.
Speaking of this swimsuit, wow! I mean WOW! I’m not a swimsuit kind of person. I’m a let’s-avoid-the-beach-and-showing-too-much-skin person. I’ve battled years of being incredibly ashamed of my non-magazine quality body and here I am on the other side with much tougher self-esteem and a healthy love of my body. That’s probably all thanks to blogging and seeing myself in photos constantly. If this part of the blog post has sparked your interest, you really should read this blog post here that I wrote about obsessing over my weight.
So here I am in love with a bathing suit I found on Etsy. Where previously I would have left this level of fun to other ladies that I could admire from a distance while wondering how their boobs even stayed in the swimsuit, I instead let my body confidence do the buying and here we are.
This style of swimsuit is one of many absolutely delicious styles from Etsy store Bikiniboo. I’ve just recently become an affiliate with Etsy, which means I can help to support independent makers and crafters whilst getting a little bit back for this blogging hobby of mine. I really do have so much fun styling these outfits and it’s hard to contain that level of excitement, so I shared a picture with Kerry from Bikiniboo early to let her know what I was doing. Kerry was absolutely over the moon excited by it and that made me so happy. I love that I can support small makers and crafters with this hobby. To know Kerry has put so much work into her designs and materials and to share a little part of that journey with her is great. I’m glad she’s part of my summer! I’ve also recently been supporting Monica at Mokkafiveoclock. Check out the first post about her amazing skirts here.
I had a box full of old tattoos that I was keen to use in this shoot. They were originally for a Halloween costume that never happened, but when I decided to use them on this shoot I was really excited about it. A few of them are still stuck on me, days later. Most of them didn’t stick too well, because I didn’t take much care applying them. I also should have started at the top and worked my way down to stop the others getting wet. Instead I did it backwards. Silly me.
If you’re after some gold tattoos to brighten your life, you can also get them on Etsy here. Also if you like these bathers then you should subscribe to my blog, which you can do by liking the Facebook page, following the Instagram page, following on Bloglovin or Feedly or by adding your email to the subscribe list. It'll either be in the sidebar of the page, or if you are on a mobile device scroll down to the bottom. I have a heap of swimwear posts coming up I hope you love, including more hot stuff from Bikiniboo. Watch this space!
Shawl: Beleza Vintage
Swimmers: Bikiniboo – Etsy
Photos: Goldfields Girl
I hope you have enjoyed today's post!